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1st attempt at outside Macro - flower

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    19 Sep 2010 - 12:23 PM

    Went to a local park yesterday with my D60 to try a few macro shots. All the ones i took were pretty poor but this one turned out ok(ish)??

    Used a nikon D60 with the 18-55mm kit lens on and a +10 screw on diopter lens. No additional lighting used as i dont have any lol!!

    And constructive comments are appreciated (was trying to go for an artistic looks??)


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    janehewitt  10215 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Sep 2010 - 12:34 PM

    Looks good and artistic as you say but I think you needed to keep the whole of the yellow centre in the shot OR go for a much more drastic crop where it is obvious you only wanted about 1/4 of the centre in the shot. pleasing image non the less JaneSmile

    19 Sep 2010 - 5:20 PM

    Thanks for your feedback Jane, very new to Macro so got loads to learn. Am enjoying it though Smile

    19 Sep 2010 - 5:51 PM

    I just developed a love of macro photography, especially flowers, wasps and spiders.

    You've taken a very nice photo, if you pulled the camera back a little you would have got a little more of the flower in focus, however I really like the shot as it is.

    JackAllTog e2 Member 53469 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Sep 2010 - 9:08 PM

    Excellent shot Matt, lots of macro fans here. Good DOF on yours.
    Leathers - yep me too.

    francisg  10703 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Sep 2010 - 9:25 PM

    A good attempt at your first macro shot. The Colour saturation is good. It is a god thing to keep the Aperture as small as the light will allow. This will give a good depth of field, which in Macro work is very narrow.

    23 Sep 2010 - 7:39 PM

    As francisq says, the biggest hurdle in macro work is DOF which, due to the closeness of the subject, is very shallow, therefore for stationary macro subjects, such as flowers and the like, use a tripod so that you can use the smallest possible apertures (therefore slow shutter) to improve the DOF.

    discreetphoton Site Moderator 93427 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Sep 2010 - 11:53 AM

    DOF is probably the most subjective part of macro work though. Personally, I love the limited depth in this one, and would find it a little boring (certainly a lot less artistic) if it was sharp from front to back.

    27 Sep 2010 - 10:28 PM

    Thanks for your kind works guys, very much appreciate Grin


    One thing you might want to try to close-up shots of flowers is avoid looking down (because there's already million of photos of every flower like that) and rather get low so the flowers are almost level with the camera or get down on the grass and look up a bit. I would have tried a shorter depth of field and also get more of the flower in sharp focus. The "artistic" part should be the background, not the subject itself otherwise everything looks blured.

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